Kiev & self-defense forces in Donetsk and Lugansk ready for Friday ceasefire if Minsk talks successful

A column of Ukrainian tanks travels in Donetsk region on September 3, 2014.(AFP Photo / Anatolii Stepanov)

A column of Ukrainian tanks travels in Donetsk region on September 3, 2014.(AFP Photo / Anatolii Stepanov)

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Published time: September 04, 2014 12:47
Edited time: September 04, 2014 16:51

 

The Ukrainian president and the heads of the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have said they are ready to order a ceasefire if peace talks in Minsk, Belarus on Friday are successful.

“At 14:00 local time (11:00GMT Friday), provided the [Minsk] meeting takes place, I will call on the General Staff to set up a bilateral ceasefire and we hope that the implementation of the peace plan will begin tomorrow,” Petro Poroshenko said on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Poroshenko expressed “great hope” that the peace process in Ukraine will commence in Minsk on September 5, when representatives of Kiev, Moscow and OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) are scheduled to meet.

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The self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk are “ready to order a ceasefire tomorrow on September 5, 2014 at 15:00 local time (12:00GMT) if agreement is reached and the Ukrainian representatives sign up to the plan for a political settlement of the conflict,” the leaders of the two republics said in a joint statement.

The People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk “will also present their proposals on the ceasefire, which would describe in detail the guarantees of implementation of the truce by the sides involved in the conflict, to the contact group in Minsk on Friday,” the statement added.

The announcements pave the way for implementing the 7-step peace plan, which was proposed to the conflicting sides by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

 

Putin’s 7-step Ukraine peace roadmap

The Russian president’s proposals envisage: a the halt to the militia’s advances in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions; withdrawal of Kiev troops to a distance that makes shelling impossible; objective international control over the ceasefire; a ban on the use of combat aircrafts against civilians; unconditional prisoner exchange; organization of humanitarian corridors, and provision of direct access for repair crews to destroyed infrastructure.

The heads of the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk said that they are ready to implement the ceasefire at 11:00GMT on Friday, on condition that Kiev subscribes to the plan for a political settlement to the conflict.

Ukraine has been engulfed in violent internal conflict since April, when Kiev’s military began its crackdown on the southeastern regions of the country.

According to United Nations’ estimates released on Tuesday, over 2,249 people have been killed so far and more than 6,033 wounded in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The number of internally displaced Ukrainians has reached 190,000, with another 207,000 finding refuge in Russia, the UN said.

Alexander Muzicko hero Majdan with prostitutes

Most Wanted Ukrainian Ultranationalist Killed in Special Operation

 

 

KIEV, March 25 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian ultranationalist Olexander Muzychko, put on an international wanted list for committing war atrocities in Russia’s Chechnya, was gunned down overnight in an operation by Ukrainian special forces, a senior official in the country said Tuesday.

Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, was located Monday near a cafe in the western Ukrainian city of Rovno in an operation launched by special forces to neutralize a suspected militant group.

Muzychko, an activist in Ukraine’s radical Right Sector party and an active participant in earlier riots (street protests) in Kiev, attempted to escape through a window and opened fire on law enforcement, injuring one of the officers before being killed by return fire, according to First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov.

“Muzychko was shot in his leg, but he tried to return fire. Later when he was kicked down to the ground, he kept shooting and was injured. Doctors have confirmed Muzychko’s death,” Yevdokimov said, according to the Ukrainian UNIAN news agency.

Three other suspected gunmen were detained during the operation.

Earlier this month Muzychko accused the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office and police in a YouTube video of a plot to kill him or capture and hand him over to Russian special services.

Muzychko was put on an international wanted list on suspicion of torturing and murdering at least 20 Russian servicemen in Chechnya in the early 2000s. He was arrested in absentia by a court in southern Russia earlier this month.

Ukrainian prosecutors have launched a criminal case against Muzychko who assaulted staff at a state prosecutor’s office in Rovno last month. Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov earlier said Muzychko would be punished according to the law.

Right Sector, along with Muzychko, is a major ally of the neo-Nazi Svoboda party led by Oleh Tyahnybok, a member of the new Ukrainian government and an active promoter of the ideas of Stepan Bandera. Bandera, a Ukrainian who collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II, was involved in mass atrocities in the wartime ethnic cleansing of Poles, Jews and Russians.

Russia has described last month’s uprising in Kiev as an illegitimate fascist coup, which resulted in Moscow taking steps to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

Trent Reznor’s score for Gone Girl recorded with live orchestra

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Trent Reznor’s score for Gone Girl recorded with live orchestra, inspired by “really terrible” massage parlor music

Trent Reznor has divulged details of his soundtrack to David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl, in an extensive new interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Gone Girl marks the third collaboration between Reznor and Fincher, who previously teamed on 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The former earned Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross an Oscar for Best Original Score, while the latter was nominated for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes.

Fincher’s latest film, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 thriller, stars Ben Affleck as the primary suspect in the murder investigation of his wife (played by Rosamund Pike). For the corresponding soundtrack, Reznor said Fincher asked him to “think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors. The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel.”

The resulting score, according to The Wall Street Journal, is “composed of lilting, haunting synths interspersed with doleful piano melodies and accentuated by the orchestral arrangements.” It marks the first time Reznor recorded with a live orchestra.

The article goes on to describe the musicians’ writing process. Unlike most other film composers, who create music for the film once its complete, Reznor and Ross “often begin talking about the role of music with Fincher even before the first scene has been shot, so that their score evolves in tandem with the movie’s production, operating like an alternate script that shapes the direction of the film as it is in turn shaped by the film.”

The Journal relays an example from The Social Network of how Fincher trimmed 10 minutes off of a scene in order to fit Reznor’s vision.

Gone Girl is set to hit theaters on October 3rd. Presumably, the soundtrack will be released around the same time. Below, watch the film’s trailer.

Gone Girl | Vow TV Spot [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Published on Aug 25, 2014

GONE GIRL — directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn — unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

In Theaters – October 3, 2014

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Scoot McNairy, Neil Patrick Harris